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Making Old Houses into
Charming Homes with
Weatherbest Stained Shingle Co., Inc.
Manufacturers of WEATHERBEST Stained Shingles
General Offices : North Tonawanda, \. Y.
North Tonawanda, N. Y. Minnesota Transfer, Mmn.
The home of Mr. George E. Dunan, President of the Dunan Lumber Co., Braden-
town, Fla_, is here shown before and after remodeling. The heavy butt, 24" Weather-
best Stained Shingles in Silver Gray were laid right over the old siding. The result,
as the "after" picture shows, has been the creation of a beautiful home despite the
fact that only minor changes mere made outside of shingling.
Making Old Houses Into Charming Homes
O /Vl'ADDIN and his magic lamp would seem to have possessed no greater power
^ y\ "f transformation than is being displayed thruout the country in the remodel-
V.-^^ \/ ing of countless old houses into attractive, charming homes. Many who
dislike to part with the old home, but who realize the need for a
modern residence, possibly embodying additional room, are finding a happy solution
of their problem in simple alterations and additions that transform the old place into a
home often more comfortable and satisfying than a newly built house.
An entrance changed; a broad inviting porch added, or the old one transformed into
a cosy sun parlor; the roof lines enhanced by the addition of appropriate dormers or, in
some cases, the old ones replaced by a low sweeping roof; the old clapboard siding
re-covered with stained shingles! Here is only an inkling of the many ways you can
make over old homes and give them a new lease on life. Many times too, the old barn
on the property readily lends itself to the magic scheme of transformation and becomes
an attractive one or two car garage.
Aside from the added value given to a home thru remodeling, there is real pleasure
in frankly accepting the general lines and limitations of the old house as a start and plan-
ning changes which will add convenience and allow the old home to take its place among
those of modern-day design.
"What will it cost?" is almost sure to be a paramount question in connection with
alteration work. Economy should enter largely into the plans for remodeling, as no owner
wants the expense to run anywhere near the cost of a new building. For this reason, it is
desirable to retain the original lines of the building and to make only changes or additions
requiring neither radical alterations in roof lines nor, as might sometimes happen, the re-
building of an entire wing.
Generally, the old clapboard siding is largely responsible for the forlorn appearance
of old houses. The paint has peeled off or become **alligatored". In many places boards
have become loosened and warped. This condition makes heating of the house a
problem, and represents a heavy expense if repairs are to be made. The remnants of the
old paint need to be burned and scraped off and extensive patching done before it is prac-
tical to apply new coats of paint.
There is a far better, quicker and more economical way of overcoming that forlorn
appearance! Today, on hundreds of old homes Weatherbest Stained Shingles are being
applied right over the old weatherboards. Just think! No patching of old siding; no
expensive re-painting — ^just Weatherbest Creosoted Stained Shingles laid on the old
siding without the necessity of any preliminary work.
It is surprising too, how low the cost is of covering old siding with Weatherbest
Stained Shingles. It is scarcely, if any, more than the expense of patching the siding,
taking off the old paint and applying new. Think too, of the additional warmth secured
for the building by reason of the double covering. It makes a marked difference in heating
bills thruout the winter and the double insulation keeps out the heat of summer.
The houses shown on the following pages of this book have all been re-covered with
Weatherbest Stained Shingles. Each alteration scheme represents a moderate outlay
in money, yet the improvement in each home's appearance is really impressive. In every
instance the work is so simple that any good contra'ctor can make similar improvements
on old houses without special plans.
The long, heavy butt 24" Weatherbest Stained Shingles have proved the most
popular for re-covering old siding as this size allows of exposures up to ii!4'\ giving the
wide course lines so much desired in present day design. However, the 12'', 16" and 18"
sizes are also used extensively as Weatherbest Stained Shingles are loo^/^' K<^%e Grain
and these sizes may be laid to 5>^", 71^'' and 8K" exposures respectively.
As Weatherbest Stained Shingles are manufactured in many different colors, there
is a wide choice in selecting- the color desired. For most remodeling work one of the
several shades of Weatherbest Gray is selected, as this color harmonizes best with
So much is possible in the way of making old houses live again that it scarcely mat-
ters what style of design characterizes the old home. A change here and there; the old
siding covered with Weatherbest Stained Shingles; appropriate shrubbery planted and
presto! the old house has been redeemed— it has been changed into the home you desire.
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VS/l'. cafi ;ill rciulily recall to mind nuin\ an oUl
square type house such as pictured here, vet
how easily it has been transformed into an up-to-date
uniting home. By using 12" \Vk \ 1 Hfc:RBEs r Stained
Shingles tor the "ribbon course" pattern, a substan-
tial sa\ ing was erfected in the cost of material. The
home was also re-rooted with ifi" \Vk a ih krbks 1
Stained Shingles in Moss Green, thus carrying out
a charming color scheme. - icccvt:
A COS) sun room was added and the front entrance changed to the left — making pos-
sil>le a large, well-lighted living room opening ontt) the new sun room.
'' I ^HE general lines of this old house
were not bad but the street had
become built up and as repairs and
re-painting were badly needed, the
owner decided to do a thorough job.
So the porch was enclosed and added
light and space given to the second
floor by a large dormer.
The old clapboards were re-cov-
ered with Silver Gray Weatherbest
Stained Shingles and a Dark Greer
Weatherbest Stained Shingle root
laid. The cost of alterations was onl\
a small part of the almost double sale-
value given to this home.
-An added artistic touch was
secured by laying the first few bottom
courses of shingles and several top
courses in the ever popular "ribbon
^ I ^HE house had just been ''let go" until a new
owner with imagination took possession.
The old siding was none too good and presented
a problem until the idea was suggested of covering it with
Weatherbest Stained Shingles. This was done and, as
the "after" picture shows, it did much to bring this old home
back to life.
Some little changes were made in roof lines and a fire-
place was added. Of course, the old style porch was due for a
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A CiLANCK at the old building and one can picture the old
*• country schoolhousc. But the community thrived and a
larger school was needed. So the building was sf»ld (or almost
the proverbial song.
The new owner partitKincU uti rooms and alter living in it a short time decided to
"fix it up." Some of the windows were chariKcd, a porch cut in and the rtxjf extended.
Brown Weatherbest Stained Shingh ud right over the old siding, thus adding a
great deal in warmth. A new roof of \\la]hkrbksi Stained Shingles was applied with
zinc coated nails and a trul\ cos\ home rt'sultcir
I 'no* l*m
\ 1 7 r all like a cIuuil^c rhn possihlv
tlislike to parr with the old
home. Such nrjsr have been the
thought ot this owner. The 24"
We A 1 HKRBF.sr Stained Shingles in
Gray applied over the old clapboards
certainly turnished this home with a
new and modern dress. Future ex-
pensive painting bills have been elim-
inated too, tor onl\ a brush coat ot
stain every tive or six years ar about
one-half the cost ot a two coat paint
job is needed to keep these shingle^
tVesh and attractive. The addition ot a
sun room was a very practical way
of relieving the bare appearance of the
front. Raising the center ot the tront
roof pro\'idetl additional room and
li^ht for twi> tront bed rooms on the
\l7lli.N a building is sadly in need of rcj'
and every dollar must 1 o do the
work of two, what happier solution to the prob-
lem than to just cover the old unpainted clapboards with durable c(Jr,r loniylifc Wfather-
BEST Stained Shingles, as was done on the building pictured her*
No great amount of money was expended, yet what a change has been effected! Were
the owner to sell, he would find that the money invested in repairs and VVeatherbest
Stained Shingles would return him several hundred per cent profit. The standard exp^j-
sure of 7J2" was given to the 16" Brown Weatherbest Stained Shingles on this job.
A r first glance one might say these two pictu
were not of the same house such a wonder
improvement has been made. Closer inspection,
of both pictures however, will show the walls and
roof lines of the original house remain unchanged.
Weatherbest Stained Shingles, i6" size, in
Silver Gray were placed over the old siding and
all window casings painted white. A sun room, an attractive front entrance and a i6"
Moss Green Weatherbest Stained Shingle roof gave added touches that changed this
old, uninviting house into a modern home of the Dutch Colonial style.
f TXOCCL'FIED for a long rime this hou;
^^ anything but inviting and home-like.
might even picture it as the haunted house of our
younger days. It required real artistic ability to
change this old barn-like structure into the beau-
tiful suburban home pictured.
Shrubbery, up-to-date windows, a change in
the roof and then Z4" Weatherbest Stained Shin-
gles in Gray placed right over the old barren side-
walls made the transformation complete. Because
of the expansive area of the walls Weatherbest
Stained Shingles, at a cost of two or three hundred dollars, deserve a large share of the
credit for adding many thousands of dollars to the value of this home.
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TN every large citv rhrnour the country suhiir-
ban developments are encroaching on what
was once farm land. Here is such a case where
Weathf.rhks r Stained Shingles and a builder's
ingenuitx CLime to the rescue of the old farmhouse with truly amazing results. 'I'he change
has made the oki home literally lift up its head and dominate its surroundings.
On this home the 24" WEAiHKRBKsr Stained Shingles in WEATHF.RBRsr soft, non-
glaring Colonial White were quickly placed over the old worn out siding,
accentuate the Old English Colonial style of architecture.
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IT stood on the corner.
It was an eyesore to
the neighborhood. Its
rentals were low. Then
along came the Weath-
ERBEST man with the
Weatherbest idea of
placing i6" Brown
Shingles right over those
old clapboards. And
while the carpenters were
about it they also fixed
up the porches. The total
expense was only a frac-
tion more than would
have been the cost of re-
painting the old clap-
boards. Needless to say, the owner is now able to secure much higher rents, the tenants
are pleased and the neighbors are friendly.
In every city, town and village there are many old, but well-built houses just waiting
for someone to add many hundreds of dollars to their sales value thru the process of remod-
eling with Weatherbfst Sraint-i^, Shingles.
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* how Jorlorn was thr .ippc.n-.uur
nt this pl.uc hctorc the (ir;n :.\
\Vi MinuiUM Stained Shingles were
placevl over the ohi niU'row siili?\ki.
The eolor sehenic lor the InnKling was
eoniplereil hv re rooting with l^'
W I vmiKUisi in \aricgntcil (irccn.
It »s nnl\ a vi»ttai:e, to he sure, Init with the a*hlition of
the hig open lirepiaie atui the general elcannig up given the
gnninds, tt p<tssesses a eharni hevoinl tnanv a Imttie o| far
more pretentious ajipearanee.
The w hie rai\t:e ot \Vi \ i m u ht s i t nlors m.ikes it possihle
to (Avw out an\ volnr ulea tlcsircvl, partieularlv on nH'ts
where vartegateil lohir sJietiies e«»nie into then- own. I he
Kdgc (irain »»!* all WiAitn Rursi Staineil Shingle** insures
life long service «>n roofs anJ shlrw.ills win t\ the shingles are
applied with good /ine ioated nails that will last as lonr
as the shingles.
\y I I h not a home, we have given space in this book to the church paturcd ,n onlcr
work Afte^h r r r^7l'^''^'''y «f ^VH.vrHHaBBST Stained Shingle for rc-modchnH
P ed ;ne t . ""^'^^'^.j^"" — ^d, Brown We.v,hkkbks, St'ned Sh.ngles wer^-
.mpro^ed ,ts appearance at lutle more than the cost of re-pa,nting '
imprlvedrre'co? ^°"V"^„"^^>' ^^ ^ church built long ago that could be .ondcrfullv
warprotclrrs '"' H '^"'"^ ""' ^VsvrHEKB.s: sfamed Shingles. The d<.uble
A very pupular and economical sidewall
design of 12" Weatherbf.st Stained Shingles,
sometimes called the "ribbon course". The 12"
size is laid 2" exposure for the narrow course and
6" exposure for the wide course.
Here is pictured a section of a re-covereJ
sidewall where 24" Angle Butt Weatherbest
Stained Shingles were used. Departure from
straight lines is made with pleasing results. No
extra labor is necessary to lay the shmglcs as the
butts are shaped at the factory.
The yi" butts of 24" Weatherbest Stained
Shingles give deep shadow lines to sidewalls and
allow of wide exposures up to ii]i". This size
is widely used for sidewalls, both for re-covering
and new work. The section above shows the 24"
size laid iiji" exposure to the weather.
This triple course design tor sidewalls shows
Weatherbest Stained Shingles laid in alternate
courses of 9", 4" and 2" exposures. The 16" sue
may be used thruout or the 12" size substituted
for the 4" and 2" courses at a substantial saving.
Remodeling old homes with
WeatHERBEST Stained Shingles adds value
and warmth at moderate cost
T?ROM the pictures of remodeled homes on the preceding pages one will readily perceive
*^ there is no end to the many ways in which old and even discarded buildings, when
given into capable hands, can be made to conform to present day ideas of comfort and
Aside from the pride of placing an old home in the ranks of modern residences, a
sound investment has been made. Making an old house new and improving the surround-
ings at once adds value out of all proportion to the cost of alterations. Frequentlv too,
other neglected houses in the immediate neighborhood follow suit, and soon a run down
residential street or section has gained immensely in selling and renting values.
Economy o( XX'eatherbest Stained Shingle Sidewalls
Re-covering the old siding with Weatherbest Stained Shingles is a very economical
and practical method of beautifying old buildings. It is economical because the cost in
many localities is little more and in some cases actually less, than the expense of taking
off the old paint, patching and re-painting the old weatherboards.
While it is impractical to give hard and fast cost figures due to the wide differences
that exist thruout the country in the cost of material and labor, the following figures based
on averages from various secrions of the country, will serve to give an idea of the low
cost of Weatherbest covered sidewalls.
To rejuvenate an old weatherboard sidewall, repairs amounting to $i.oo or «2.cx) per
square (loo sq. ft.) are usually necessary. Many painters charge S4.00 to i^>-.oo per square
for burning and scraping off the old paint preparatory to applying new. Two coats of
paint, will in most sections, cost at least S5.00 per square. This makes a total of $10.00
to 512.00 per 100 sq. ft. for a good job n\ rci\iinML^ an.] rt -painring.
Re-covering old weatherboards u... ,., <,t.,, vW xtherbe^t Mamcd Miingles, lav-
ing them 7'^" to the weather, which allows for two full laps, will, in the average market
be $10.00 to $I2.0D per 100 sq. ft. This includes the cost of shingles, zinc-coated nails
A sidcwall of ;4' Weatherbest Stained Shingles in Gray will average, in a repre-
sentative market, about Jij.oo per .00 sq. ft. While slightly higher in cos't. the 24" size
IS preferred by many because of the artistic wide course and heavx l.utr .tf,-. r. .v.ssihle.
Thcic cott Agure» readily ihow that Wh stained Shmijfc sidewa!!s cost
only a very little, if any» more than re-painting. In tome localities pnc
labf>r will lower the figures given while in others the co- her
Low Upkeep and Better Protection
In contiderin(( rhc»e comparivms, one m - of the
given rhe house r
... I \ ;
siitewails show i
siiiewall will giv*
wo Of tkiffc yea'
irtim practically alt repairs.
DciaiLs ot Mi)uklitv^' Around Casings
How to Determine Quantity of Weatherbest
Stained Shingles for Re-covering Sidewalls
T3 ELOW is a table useful in determining the quantity of Weatherbest Stained Shingles
required to cover a known area. The covering capacity is given by the square and
by the thousand as some dealers sell Weatherbest Stained Shingles by the square pack
while others retail by the thousand pack. Of course the actual quantity and the cost of
Weatherbest Stained Shingles required will be the same whether figured on the square or
To find the area of sidewalls to be covered simply measure the width of each wall bv
the height and subtract the area of all openings. Divide the result bv the number of
square feet a square or thousand of Weatherbest Stained Shingles in the size selected
will cover when laid to the exposure desired. The result, will be the number of squares or
thousands of Weatherbest Stained Shingles required for the job.
Number of square feet of surface a SQUARE of WEATHERBEST Stained Shingles will cover
when laid at different exposures to the weather
Size of Shingles
1 Square of 12"
1 Square of 16"
1 Square of 18"
1 Square of 24"
60 sq. ft.
7o sq. ft.
80 sq. ft.
92 sq. ft.
5 ' 2" Exp.
100 sq. ft.
100 sq. ft
121 sq. ft.
151 sq. ft.
7(3 sq. ft.
8 » 2" Exp.
157 sq. ft.
85 sq. ft.
IWl .S<( ft
1 H" Exp.
Number of square feet of surface a THOUSAND of WEATHERBEST Stained Shingle
cover when laid at different exposures to the weather
Size of Shingles
1 M. of 16"
1 M of IS"
1 M of 24"
'5 sq. ft.
102 sq ft
128 sq. ft.
154 sq. ft.
192 sq. ft.
192 sq ft.
242 so ft.
8 '2" Exp.
218 SCI. ft.
275 sfi. ft
I] Jj" Kxp.
H71 wq ft
Use ZinC'Coated 4cl. Nails for Nailing Shingles over Siding
I'se 4d. zinc-coated nails for applying We.atherbest Stained Shingles over eld sidmg.
The i^i" length of these nails allows them to secure a firm grip, even when s(, placed
that it is necessary to reach thru the space left directly below the butt of the clapboards.
It IS advisable to renail all loose clapboards before applvin^j the shingles.
Kollowing is amount of 4d. nails required for the different si/c^s of Wfv.hfrbfst
I Sq. 12" or 16" shingles 6Ji lbs. 46. nails.
I M 16" shingles 8J4 lbs. ^d. nails.
I Sq. 18" shingles 5^4 lbs. 4d. nails.
I M 18" shingles 8>^ lbs. 4d. nails.
I Sq. 24" shingles 2^ lbs. 4d. naiU.
! M Z4" shingles 9}4 lbs. 4d. nails.
it IS folly to apply a fifty year sidewall or roof material with wire or galvanized
shingle nails. Weatherbest Zinc-coated nails should be used with Wkxtherbest Stained
Shingles to insure life-long service from the shingles.
Just Why WeaTHERBEST Edge-Grain Means
Uniform, Lasting Colors and Life-Long Service
'[III. rwo pictures l)clow illustrate the difference between good and poor Red Cedar
Shingles. On the left are shown flat or "slash" grain shingles. It is absolutely impos-
sible to securely tasten colf)rs to the smooth, glassy surface of the flat grain in these shin-
gles. Kven the small amount of color pigment which does adhere is quickly washed off
by rfu- first few rains.
In lofirrast, note the straight grain and freetlom from all tlefccts i)( the lOO per cent
hilge (iram shingles pictured on the right. 'I'hese present a surface that readily absorbs
and nraifis a inax'rnum amount of color pignients. Kvery \Vk.\ i hkrbkst Stained Shingle
is strictly loo per cc-nr l-.dge (iram. This fact, combined with the Wf.a rHKRBEST process
of staining, insures an unusual arjioimr of color and creosote preservative entering into,
and litcrallv bccorTimi' ;i purr of rhc wood. The result is imiform, duniblr* cftjorN.
I his pictiirf shows [hourly nuinuhictural Hat-
grain Red Cellar shingles which can not take anii
hofil stain. This grade also tolerates knots ami
other defects injurious to guoil servi< • s... h
shingles curl, warp and split after a fevv
A photographic rcpriHluctton ol lOO per crnr
Kdge-(;ra!" K' '-•<'- ^ ' -' •- '^-
A V^iricts ot W'carluT-Tcstccl Colors
\ ivu have a ch«)icc or rvvcnr\ srandard \SK\im-kHi
and special shades. Kvery WT: \ ihkkbksi color is durai
stam reprcscnrs rhtrr^cn years ot constant research and improvemt »ur factories
the shingles are unl>undled and treated sep i ' not "bu " r ' "
means far better pcncrraritm and uniti»rm c«>l cr trcatr
bundled and con
Weatherbest Stained Shingles are furnished in 12'', ^nd
specially prepared for thatchc ' ^^ - v ^ 'her dealers everv\*ncrc carrv popular
coIi>rs anil si/es m s»t«Kk.